Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will convene a hearing on gun control on Capitol Hill. This long awaited hearing is the first since President Obama’s introduction of proposals and his 23 executive directives in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December. At today’s hearing everyone from the president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Wayne LaPierre, as well as advocates for tougher gun laws to speak.
Yesterday at the Connecticut state house, a similar hearing was attended by advocates and opponents of gun control was convened. The hearing saw the heckling of the parent of one of the victims while he gave a tearful testimony about the loss of his son, and the need for tougher gun laws. Yes, this is just how insensitive some po0pponents of stiffer laws have become. Ironically, however, was the fact that my left-wing media buddies failed to report on the testimony of Mark Mattioli, whose 6-year-old son James, was also killed in the shooting. Mattoli presented what I believe to be one of the best arguments as it relates to the ongoing debate on gun control.
(CNN) – His voice wavering, Mark Mattioli wiped away tears as he recalled the day his 6-year-old son died when a man wielding an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and began shooting.
His son, James, was among the 20 children and seven adults killed by Adam Lanza on December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut — an event so horrific that it has since spawned a federal task force and kick-started a national conversation about gun control.
But unlike the handful of other parents who testified Monday at the emotionally charged hearing in Hartford, Connecticut, Mattioli said there are more than enough gun laws on the books. He called instead for a closer look at mental health policies.
“I don’t care if you named it ‘James’ law,’ I don’t want (another law),” he said during the first of a series of meetings set up by a legislative task force assigned to review the state’s gun laws.
“I think there’s much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health.”
Connecticut’s medical examiner said he was told that Lanza, 20, had Asperger’s syndrome. Research has not shown a link between that condition and violence.
The hearing drew hundreds to the Connecticut state house and revealed the sharp divide in public opinion over what should happen next in the massacre’s aftermath.
I totally agree with Mattoli’s position; however, I would argue that there is a need to close the gun show background check loophole. Other than that, I don;t think there;s anything that can be done — aside from enforcing existing laws — to prevent yet another tragic mass shooting. I’ve always been of the belief that the shooting in Newtown, Ct. had more to do with mental health than anything else. I say that because at the end of the day, the AR-15 used in the shooting was perfectly legal per the state of Connecticut. And as I’ve mentioned before, Connecticut currently has some of the country’s toughest gun laws. So, does Mattoli make sense? The reason I ask, is because there are many states who are not reporting mentally ill adjudicated individuals to the DOJ, who are in fact able to purchase any firearm because they will not show up in a background check. That said, isn’t he right?
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